Journalists covering the unrest in Ferguson following the killing of Michael Brown have warned that authorities there are preventing them from doing their jobs. The issue became more concerning when Ashon Crawley, a professor and writer, tweeted that the Federal Aviation Administration had designated the airspace over Ferguson a restricted area:
yall. #Ferguson is listed as restricted airspace. it has literally been zoned for warfare. http://t.co/7suRRQ1fAQ
— #EatBaéLove (@ashoncrawley) August 12, 2014
Authorities claim the move was prompted by shots fired at a police helicopter on Sunday–and restricting flights would keep police safe. But that didn’t ease the fact that media helicopters were also banned from flying over Ferguson through Monday.
But, according to the Lambert-St. Louis Airport’s Twitter account, the no fly zone has been lifted:
.@FAA lifted flight restrictions moments ago. The airlines will resume normal flight paths. #flystl
— Lambert-STL Airport (@flystl) August 12, 2014
Police and media helicopters have presumably resumed their flights.